COMIS LOSES UNBROKEN MINI VICTORY STREAK
Alex Comis was unlucky to suffer his first Super Mighty Mini Challenge defeat of the year after an early stoppage in race two robbed him of his unbeaten record.
Race one went to plan, despite Adrian Tuckley ousting him for the lead into Redgate on the opening lap, but Comis was back in front a lap later. It remained like that throughout, with Tuckley having to reclaim second from Steve Maxted before chasing Comis to the flag.
Tuckley had led from the start of the second race as well, with Comis taking second from Ben Butler at Redgate on lap four. He hunted down Tuckley and had just grabbed the lead into Redgate when the race was red flagged, placing him back to second.
The Mighty Minis were even closer with Paul Inch, Stuart Coombs and Greg Jenkins wheel-to-wheel for most of the opening race, before Jenkins claimed the race two spoils after a race-long scrap with Sam Tomlinson, Inch and Coombs.
Both Pre-’93 and 2003 Touring Cars and Blue Oval races were easily won by Ray West’s BMW M3, with Paul
1 Alex Comis; 2 Adrian Tuckley +0.529s; 3 Steve Maxted; 4 Steven Dawson; 5 Steven Rideout; 6 Ben Butler. Class winner Paul Inch. Fastest lap Tuckley 1m30.265s (78.93mph). Pole Comis. Starters 25.
1 Tuckley; 2 Comis +0.337s; 3 Dawson; 4 Maxted; 5 Butler; 6 Rideout. CW Greg Jenkins. FL Maxted 1m31.748s (77.65mph). P Comis. S 25.
1 Ray West (BMW M3); 2 Paul Bellamy (BMW M3) +11.608s; 3 AJ Owen (Honda Civic Type R); 4 David Hickton (BMW M3); 5 James Card (BMW M3); 6 Steven Barden (Honda Civic Type R). CW Owen; Card; Barden; Alan Eason (Ford Fiesta XR2); Andrew Sheraton (BMW 325i); Andrew Smith (Honda CRX). FL West 1m18.175s (91.13mph). P West. S 33.
1 West; 2 Bellamy +7.107s; 3 Hickton; 4 Simon Beament (Ford Escort RS2000 Maxi); 5 Owen; 6 Card. CW Beament; Card; Danny Cassar (Honda Integra); John Edwards-parton (Ford Fiesta XR2); Sheraton; Smith. FL West 1m19.530s (89.58mph). P West. S 35.
Bellamy’s similar car second throughout in both races.
After Kevin Bird’s Nissan 200SX spun at Redgate and caused chaos on the opening lap of the Castle Combe Saloons, Charles Hyde-andrews-bird’s Renault Megane was left clear for a comfortable win. Poleman Dave Scaramanga had been delayed and rejoined via the gravel trap, but his VW Scirocco was still back in second by lap four, with Tony Dolley’s SEAT Leon third after a duel with William di Claudio’s Peugeot 106 GTI.
Andrew Harrison’s Jaguar XJS was another double winner in the Pre-’66 Touring/pre ’83 Group 1 Touring and Pre 2005 Production Touring Cars. He led race one from lights-to-flag, pursued by David Howard’s XJ12, which finally lost ground among backmarkers and was nearly caught by Stephen Primett’s Ford Escort.
Howard had the upper hand in the second race until Harrison’s pressure paid off at the Old Hairpin on lap five, leaving the erstwhile leader to successfully fend off Primett again.
Gti); 5 Guy Parr (Ford Fiesta); 6 James Blake (MG ZR). CW Di Claudio; Antony Weeks (Mazda RX8); Mark Sutton (MG ZR). FL Scaramanga 1m20.131s (88.91mph). P Scaramanga. S 15.
1 Andrew Harrison (Jaguar XJS); 2 David Howard (Jaguar XJ12) +6.049s; 3 Stephen Primett (Ford Escort MK1); 4 Mark Osborne (Triumph Dolomite Sprint); 5 Gary Parkes (Peugeot 206 GTI); 6 Mostyn Rutter (Vauxhall Firenza). CW Primett; G.parkes; Wil Arif (Alfa Romeo 145TS); Michael Sheraton (BMW 325i); Malcom Jeffs (Alfa Romeo Alfasud); Andy Messham (Austin Mini Seven); Jeffrey Windsor (Ford Puma); Tony Preston (Morris Minor); Gary Fletcher (Lotus Cortina); Steve Kirton (Ford Anglia); Stuart Radford (Triumph 2000); Freddie Brown (Hillman Imp). FL Harrison 1m21.790s (87.10mph). P Harrison. S 33.
1 Harrison; 2 Howard +13.006s; 3 Primett; 4 Osborne; 5 G.parkes; 6 Adam Gittings (Renault Clio 172). CW Primett; G Parkes; Arif; Messham; Peter Davies (Citroen Saxo); Preston; Fletcher; Kirton; Brown; Radford. FL Harrison 1m21.874s (87.01mph). P Harrison. S 32.
1 Deegan; 2 Deeth +9.772s; 3 Howard; 4 Wheeler; 5 James Coulson; 6 Smith. FL Deegan 1m21.185s (87.75mph). P Deegan. S 11.
Pre-2003 Classic VW & Thunder Saloons (11 laps)
1 Dale Gent (Subaru Impreza); 2 Andy Wilson (Holden Monaro) +1.004s; 3 Andy Robey (BMW E36 M3); 4 Craig Rainer (Ford Escort RS2000 Mk2 Turbo); 5 Ian Froggatt (Subaru Impreza); 6 Andy Thompson (Seat Toledo). CW Wilson; Robey; Thompson; Ken Lark (VW Corrado); Duncan Clarke (VW Golf); Peter Winstone (Ford Escort MK1); Chris Mohan (VW Golf GTI). FL Richard Wood (BMW M3 GTR) 1m13.233s (97.28mph). P Gent. S 27. Race two (10 laps) 1 Vaughan Fletcher (Subaru Impreza); 2 Wilson; 3 Robinson; 4 Robey; 5 Lee James Sturges (Seat Supercopa); 6 Andy Thompson (Seat Toledo). CW Wilson; Rainer; Thompson; Tony Absolom (VW Golf); Marcus Reynolds (BMW E36 Turbo); Winstone; Clarke; Mohan. FL Wilson 1m14.076s (96.18mph). P Gent. S 27.
Mini Seven Challenge (10 laps) 1 Zach Booth; 2 Lewis Selby +1.989s; 3 Andrew Deviny; 4 Spencer Wanstall; 5 Charlie Budd; 6 Gareth Hunt. CW Selby. FL Wanstall 1m29.396s (79.69mph). P
Race two (11 laps) Race two (10 laps)
nose-to-tail in fifth.
A late charge from Zach Booth netted victory in the first Mini Seven race on the last lap, after Lewis Selby, Kieren Mcdonald and Andrew Deviny had battled throughout. Selby retained second from Deviny and Spencer Wanstall, after Mcdonald pitted.
Selby got his reward in race two, having edged out Ash Davies on the third lap, they were joined by Wanstall to arrive at the chicane three-abreast on the last lap. Davies led out but was on the grass, allowing Selby to win by 0.122s.
The ZRS of Adrian Wray and Adam Jackson shared the MG Owners’ Club victories, with each taking a runner-up place too. Third place may have been distant but provided the action, with David Mellor just heading Martin Wills on the last lap of race one, after swapping throughout. Mellor also completed the race two podium.
Kyle Reid just managed to keep Dominic Wheatley at bay in the first Scottish Mini Cooper Cup race, but hopes of a second win were dashed after
Deviny. S 25. Race two (10 laps) 1 Selby; 2 Ash Davies +0.122s; 3 Wanstall; 4 Deviny; 5 Graeme Davis; 6 Tom Sanderson. CW James Bull. FL Wanstall 1m29, 634s (79.48mph). P A Davies. S 25.
MG Owners’ Club (15 laps) 1 Adrian Wray (ZR); 2 Adam Jackson (ZR) +1.213s; 3 David Mellor (ZR); 4 Martin Wills (ZR); 5 Mark Baker (F); 6 Steve Williams (ZR). CW Baker; Jim Baynam (B Roadster). FL Mellor 1m24.085s (84.73mph). P Mellor. S 20.
Scottish Mini Cooper Cup (14 laps) 1 Kyle Reid; 2 Dominic Wheatley +0.687s; 3 Malcolm Mcnab; 4 Paul Bell; 5 Shane Stoney; 6 Robbie Dalgleish. FL Wheatley 1m27.342s (81.57mph). P Wheatley. S 27.
CNC Heads North West Sports & Saloons (18 laps)
1 Paul Rose (Saker RAPX); 2 Joe Spencer (Stuart Taylor Locosaki) +14.575s; 3 Steve Harris (Saker RAPX); 4 Ric Wood (BMW M3 GTR); 5 Paul
Dobson (Mazda RX7); 6 Luke Armiger (Vauxhall Tigra). CW Spencer; Dobson; Armiger; Steven Parker (BMW Compact); Clive Dix (Ford Puma). FL Rose 1m09.549s (102.44mph). P Rose. S 36. Race two (14 laps) 1 Rose; 2 Harris +6.041s; 3 Watson; 4 Dobson; 5 Armiger; 6 Dave Harvey (Locosaki). CW Dobson; Harvey; Paul Rotheroe (Citroen Xsara); Dix. FL Rose 1m10.828s (100.59mph). P Rose. S 30.
Porsche Club (18 laps) 1 Mark Mcaleer (996); 2 Pete Morris (996) +0.385s; 3 Mike Johnson (911 C2); 4 Chris Dyer (Cayman S); 5 Richard Ellis (996); 6 Craig Wilkins 996). CW Andy Toon (Boxster S); John Gilmore (944 S2). FL Morris 1m15.988s (93.76mph). P M.mcaleer. S 20. Race two (16 laps) 1 M.mcaleer; 2 Paul Winter (996); 3 Morris; 4 Johnson; 5 Wilkins; 6 Ellis. CW Toon; Gilmore. FL Johnson 1m16.383s (93.27mph). P M.mcaleer. S 19.
Max5 (14 laps) 1 Nick Dunn; 2 Paul Roddison +6.182s; 3 Geoff Gouriet; 4 Jonathan Halliwell; 5 Richard Breland; 6 Russell Tamplin. CW Roddison; George Snee. FL Halliwell 1m24.740s (84.07mph). P Dunn. S 28. Race two (10 laps) 1 Breland; 2 Dunn +1.802s; 3 Chris Webster; 4 John Munro; 5 Roddison; 6 Gouriet. CW Roddison; Andrew Bayliss. FL Breland 1m26.844s (82.03mph). P Dunn. S 28. a late charge took him into second at Redgate a lap from home. Shane Stoney led throughout, while Malcolm Mcnab and Paul Bell came through to complete the top three, as Reid had contact and dropped to sixth.
There was a double too for Paul Rose’s Saker in the CNC Heads Sports Saloons. Rose headed the fast-starting Garry Watson from lap five, only for Watson’s Westfield to run out of fuel a lap from home, handing second to Joe Spencer’s Locosaki, with Steve Harris’s Saker third.
It was a Saker one-two in race two with Rose heading home Harris, after both usurped Watson and Spencer, who had a terrific early lead duel. Watson held on to third, but Spencer retired with a blown engine.
Mark Mcaleer won both Porsche Club races, with Pete Morris securing a late second over Paul Winter in race one, before roles were reversed in race two.
In the Max5s Nick Dunn consolidated his championship lead with a win in race one, and second to Richard Breland in race two.
with John Caudwell at Deene. Lang led for the first seven laps but an intermittent clutch issue brought about his retirement, to add to the throttle issue he suffered in race two. The result was determined by Burgess’s pit stop success penalty flipping the result in favour of first-time winner Brian Caudwell. Wells was third.
Three different drivers also sampled victory in the Mini Challenge Cooper S class. Steve Cocker struck first, capitalising when Rob Austin went off at Deene. Scot Adam repassed Cocker to lead row two, but was fortunate to hold onto the win after skating off on fluid: the race was red-flagged and the results went back a lap. Scott Jeffs was the early leader of the reversed-grid finale but Tim Porter asserted himself at Tarzan on lap five and reeled out a 4s lead over Cocker. Max Bladon continued his unbeaten season in the Cooper division, but faced stern opposition from Sam Weller, Josh Gollin and Brad Hutchison.
Nathan Harrison finished the weekend with a slender points lead after three intriguing Mini Challenge JCW races, although Jono Brown hauled himself into contention with two wins.
Harrison was the on-the-road winner in race one, but he was penalised for his clumsy move to get the lead away from Brett Smith at Tarzan mid-race, which also allowed Brown through.
Brown led race two from start-tofinish with Chris Smith second, while Charlie Butler-henderson (tied on points with Harrison coming into the weekend) continued his steadily improving weekend by passing two rivals on Steel Straight on lap two.
Brett Smith got crossed up at Yentwood on lap two of the final race, leaving namesake Rob nowhere to go. Harrison gratefully accepted the lead from CB-H, while ex-ff1600 star David Grady took third after Henry Neal biffed the Deene tyres. An ailing Brown was 16th with overheating issues.
Racing Saloons leader Karl Cattliff outbraked himself on lap three, dropping back to fifth in an M3 train and handing Stuart Waite the initiative. Nigel Innes had a great fifth lap, passing Stephen Pearson at Turn One and Waite at Brook to lead, but Cattliff crept up the order and took second at the beginning of lap eight. His late challenges at Deene and Tarzan were to no avail, but he finished 3s clear of third-placed Waite.
Cattliff clattered into Waite at Yentwood at the start of race two, sending the former into retirement. Waite survived and climbed back to fourth, while Innes came out on top of a tight battle with Pearson.
Matt Swaffer took over at the top of the Production BMW standings from the absent Harry Goodman with a brace of second places. He was defeated in both races by Saxmax and Clio graduate Will Davison – the first a lights-to-flag effort, the second more complicated after selecting fourth gear off the line and plunging to eighth. David Graves and Mark Palmer collided at Deene on lap two to allow Davison to pick through to second, then he passed Swaffer there a lap later.
Jordan Witt (Bentley Continental) dominated the three GT Cup races, including the 50-minute enduro when he had to overcome a 45-second pit-stop penalty and a safety car period. Richard Chamberlain (Porsche 935) was second in the two sprints before clutch issues in the finale. In that one the runner-up spot was resolved in the last few moments when Marco Cioci got the Ferrari 458 he shared with John Dhillon past Gareth Downing’s Lotus Evora at Brook.
Cato Poulsen, the 16-year-old Dane, will become more accomplished at standing starts but the Formula Gulf champion twice had to bounce back to take wins in the Mono Tiedeman Trophy races. James Drew-williams led both contests in his ex-robbie Watts Lola, but was hauled in each time.
Kester Cook claimed his first Trackday Championship pole, and converted it into a win in his Fiesta, but Darren Goes (Seat Leon) led for a large chunk in between, but was penalised for a short pit-stop, had an off, and finally parked on the pit straight, causing a stoppage.